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May 2014


May 16 @ 7:00 PM

$25/Advance $30/Door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00pm No Comps “…at the forefront of a rapidly changing performance culture” – New York Times Hailed by NPR as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic is a sextet of young performers equally comfortable in the overlapping classical and pop music worlds.  A unique combination of assorted strings and woodwinds, this bold group of orchestrators focuses on contemporary songwriters and bands, such as indie rock…

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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

May 17 @ 8:00 PM

At the Rio Theatre $50/Gold Circle Section, $35/General Admission GOLD CIRCLE SOLD OUT! Click the Blue Buy tickets button to purchase General Admission tickets. Doors: 7:00 PM Sponsored by Barry Swenson Builder Co-sponsored by KPIG 107.5 FM & Good Times Banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet. Their performances embrace a diversity almost unthinkable – coming from just two banjos and one voice – a mix of traditional and original songs and tunes.…

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Simple Dreams – A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt

May 18 @ 7:00 PM

$18/Advance $21/Door Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com Doors: 6:30 PM More info: 831-419-5309 A group of talented musicians have formed a band calling themselves Simple Dreams for an evening featuring the songs of Linda Ronstadt.  With a focus on the folk/rock songs recorded in the 1970s and early 1980s, this will be an evening to celebrate Linda Ronstadt’s early musical hits.  With Donna Seda on lead vocals, Jeff Ebbage on lead guitar, Eric Gilmore on bass, Valerie Joi Fiddmont on keys, Kevin DiNoto on drums, Anne…

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Jane Monheit – Hello Bluebird: Celebrating the Jazz of Judy Garland

May 19 @ 7:00 PM

$27/Adv $32/Door No Comps Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM Sponsored by Gal Palz for Jazz “… supremely gifted singer…” – DownBeat “ I want to get away from the drama, and celebrate what we all loved about Judy…the immense joy she brought through song, and her innate understanding of jazz. She did so much more than break hearts…she put them together again…and that’s what we’re going to be about with this show!” states singer Jane Monheit.  An extraordinarily gifted…

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Master Class Series The New Standard: Vocalist Lori Rivera and Pianist Marshall Otwell

May 20 @ 7:00 PM

FREE Doors at 6:45 PM What makes a song a “Standard?” Where did the genre that we call “The Great American Songbook” come from? Singer Lori Rivera is well known for her vocal talents in jazz, a cappella, pop, and musical theatre. Marshall Otwell, a superb pianist who was a former sideman with Carmen MacRae, is also known as an experienced educator. Together, the duo will explore the beloved tunes we call “Standards” and explore how they stand the test…

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Middle Space Collective: Kurt Stockdale, Frank Buchanan, Reuben Rogers, Ulysses Owens, Jr.

May 22 @ 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 22, 7:00 PM $20/Adv $25/Door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM “[Ulysses Owens Jr.]…one of the most talked-about drummer’s on the scene…” – All About Jazz The powerful musical amalgamation that is Middle Space Collective returns to Kuumbwa for an evening of funky grooves and rollicking swing, celebrating the release of their CD Paradigm Shift. Featuring composing duo Kurt Stockdale – saxophone and Frank Buchanan – guitar and backed by veteran rhythm section Reuben Rogers – bass…

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Stellamara feat. Colleena Shakti, Kristen Sague and Aliah Najmabadi

May 23 @ 8:00 PM

$20 Advance/ $25 Door Tickets available at the door only starting at 7:30 PM Doors at 7:30 PM “…a haunting elegance of expression.” – Electronic Musician Electro-acoustic world music ensemble Stellamara presents an exceptional showcase concert in collaboration with world renowned Odissi, Indian tribal fusion dance artist, Colleena Shakti, and contemporary Persian devotional dance artists Kristen Sague and Aliah Najmabadi.  Stellamara premiers their exciting new music with passionate rhythms, eastern melodies, dramatic orchestral sections, otherworldly ambience and deep bass grooves, and with…

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Private Event

May 24 @ 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC For Information on hosting your next private event at Kuumbwa Jazz, visit: http://kuumbwajazz.org/venue-rental/private-events/ or call 831-427-2227

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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

May 28 @ 7:00 PM

$10/Adv $15/Door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM Directed by esteemed educator and performer, Eddie Mendenhall, the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band is comprised of gifted high school jazz musicians from Santa Cruz, Los Gatos and Carmel areas. This ensemble has appeared at Monterey’s annual Whalefest, Next Generation Jazz Festival and San Jose Winter Jazz Festival, has opened for Jazz at Lincoln Center at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and presented a collaborative piece with the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre…

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Ann Whittington Quintet

May 29 @ 7:00 PM

$15/Adv $20/Door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM “… a soulful singer and songwriter…”  – Monterey Herald Ann Whittington never stops refining and redefining her musical vision. As a singer/songwriter, Ann’s warm and welcoming voice has been serenading Bay Area music fans for years with an ever-evolving style of storytelling through song. She always enlists the best of Santa Cruz jazz talent for her eclectic projects, and her current group is no exception. Performing with her is a veteran…

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